ARCATA COMMUNITY FOREST, APRIL 1 – Anticipating a flood of hikers, bikers and horsers, the City of Arcata has completed installation of the first roundabout on the Arcata Ridge Trail.
The new roundabout will safely channel trail users through the heavily traveled Arcata Community Forest.
Encouraged by the news, Environmental Services Director Mark Andre issued his now-routine, yearly prediction that the Ridge Trail will be completed by year’s end.
Aided by a $47 million Caltrans grant, a host of other features will further calm multi-modal traffic along Arcata’s new town-spanning trail.
A series of interpretive signs and peace poles will both educate users and slow their velocity, while burrito bars staffed around the clock by RSVP/VCOR volunteers are to be located every quarter-mile along the trail to help users keep up their strength.
Each burrito station will include a field vape lab, a small tunic display and portable changing room, plus a well-stocked Little Free Library to entice passersby to “stop and smell the Trillium,” as a city brochure puts it.
Culinary advocacy group HUMMETH has offered to aid the effort with a supply of what it termed “inhalants.”